ABOUT THE WEIL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE IN QATAR (WCMC):
The unique design of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) combines traditional and contemporary architecture with three-dimensional (3D) structures.
Made up of two 200 meter long halls linked by bridges, it is home to four lecture halls modelled after geodetic 3D structures, including an icosahedron (20 sides), and a dodecahedron (12 sides).
The structure’s design is a combination of the traditional and the contemporary, with influences from Islamic art. Its architecture draws upon traditional elements such Gulf wind towers.
The building’s interior features 12 meter cream limestone walls and an impressive glassed lounge area that creates an incredible sense of space and light. The building is two-storeys high and made of reinforced concrete. The four lecture halls were built using prefabricated structured steel.
- The building includes lecture halls, offices, staff and student lounges, reading rooms, dean’s reception and basic lab support such as bioinformatics, virtual metabolomics, biostatistics, genomics, microscopy, histology, proteomics and vivarium.
- The ovoid shaped building is two stories high with 218 yards long, which is the length of two football fields.
- State-of-the-art technology is employed in extensive laboratory space, lecture halls, and the electronic library.
- Architects combined traditional Arabic and Gulf practices with eco-architecture principles to design this modern structure.
- The courtyards feature 80 foot tall wind towers, also called badgirs. The towers are used to direct cool breezes inside the building. These structures were a traditional means of cooling houses in the Gulf.